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BA (Hons)
Dance and Performance

This course will give you the opportunity to train in diverse dance styles such as commercial jazz and lyrical dance movement to ballroom and Latin American. You’ll also have the opportunity to choreograph and further your skills in street, musical theatre, jazz and lyrical dance.

Qualification: BA (Hons)

UCAS code: W500

Study mode: Full-time

Location: High Wycombe Campus

Duration: Three years

Start date: September


Is this course for me?

This course is designed to develop professional skills and techniques across a range of dance forms. We’ll give you a broad understanding of the dance industry and the ability to manage a successful career in this exciting field. You’ll become a thinking practitioner of dance and spend time looking at performance development through choreography and dance science. This dynamic degree programme will also give you the opportunity to work with professional dancers, choreographers and arts organisations.

What will this course cover?
This degree programme will focus on commercial dance forms that range from ballroom and street, to Latin American and jazz. With the Wycombe Swan Theatre next door and the West End just a short train ride away, you’ll be perfectly located to immerse yourself in the performing arts.

You’ll take key modules in strength and conditioning for dance as well as dance technique. We’ll also spend time working on entrepreneurship and enterprise. This will help you to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to go into the field as a self-employed professional, or launch your own dance related business.

Regular master classes
During this course you’ll be able to take advantage of regular master classes. Taught by leading industry professionals, these classes allow you to further develop techniques and acquire a deep understanding of a range of dance styles. This also provides ample opportunity to network with professionals working in the field.

We have excellent facilities at Bucks including a well-equipped gym, dance studios, fitness studio and a brand new Human Performance Lab. Our lecturing team have a wealth of industry and academic experience and will nurture your learning and professional development throughout your time with us.

International Dance Teachers Association
During your degree, you’ll have the opportunity to take external professional teaching qualifications with the International Dance Teachers’ Association (IDTA). Bucks benefits from strong links with this awarding body and these added qualifications may add value to your employability when you graduate.

Human performance laboratory
Our Human Performance Laboratory has been designed to increase athletes’ performance through improved technique, and also assists with injury prevention and rehabilitation. The lab is home to an indoor three-lane running track that incorporates 3D motion-capture technology and is equipped for assessing a range of physiological, biomechanical and psychological parameters.

Wycombe Swan Residency
We also have access to the Wycombe Swan Theatre and Wycombe Town Hall as part of our Wycombe Swan Residency. The Swan Theatre sits adjacent to the University and is one of the UK’s leading regional theatres.

Year One

  • Dance Practice 1
  • The Development of Dance Performance
  • The Body Anatomy Physiology & Nutrition
  • The Context of Dance

Year Two

  • Dance Practice 2
  • Staging a Performance
  • Strength & Conditioning in Dance
  • Entrepreneurship Enterprise & Dance

Year Three

  • Dance Practice 3
  • Applied Psychology and Injury Prevention
  • Arts & Dance Policy
  • Professional Practice in Dance
  • Independent Dissertation Project
  • Dance Practical Dissertation Project
  • Dance Written Dissertation

How will I be taught and assessed?

The overall aim is to use innovative teaching and learning methods to guide students towards becoming more independent learners by the end of the programme, and to allow them to explore issues fully in the context of their work.

Formative assessment creates a point from which students and lecturers can appraise development, consolidate learning and plan ahead. Summative assessment allows recognition for progression to further study, informs those involved of the level of achievement, and validates the learning process.

Year one
The emphasis will be on enabling the student to develop essential skills (both in practice and theory) and knowledge that are needed to learn and to demonstrate learning.

Year two
The focus of practical engagement will remain but the nature of skills and assessment will be further developed. Students will be expected to apply theoretical understanding in a variety of different scenarios, and employ a number of approaches to expression and articulation in assignments.

Year three
The focus is upon the student attaining a level of independent learning and the ability to apply the knowledge and theoretical understanding they have developed in the rest of the course to a particular case study or project of their own devising. As this study will be predominantly self-directed, students will have developed the necessary subject specific and generic skills needed to enter the industry.

What are the entry requirements?

A typical offer will include GCSE Maths and English at grade C or above and a UCAS Tariff score of 200-240. A minimum of two full A-levels (or equivalent) is required. Every application is considered on an individual basis.

All candidates will be invited to discuss their work during a portfolio review/interview and the interviewing tutor will be looking for:

  • The ability to articulate your views on your own work.
  • A commitment and enthusiasm for the subject.
  • The potential for sustained professional development

Before the audition you will be given time to warm up. During the audition, candidates will be required to participate in a one hour group master class, which will be within the genre of dance taught on the course. You will need to be ready to start the class promptly.

The audition is an opportunity to show your skills and development potential. However, it is more important that you display the correct attitude, rather than aptitude. All candidates will need to also display their motivation, enthusiasm and work ethic.

What you must bring with you:
For the audition please ensure that you are wearing movement/dance clothes and appropriate footwear. Formal attire is not required. Please also bring a portfolio showing dance qualifications and evidence of any show work you have participated in. A short autobiography should also be included along with a piece of written work from your school or college.

Please note, students who live overseas and are unable to attend an interview/audition may submit a DVD and electronic portfolio demonstrating their dance work to date.

Please bring a bottle of water with you.

For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.

How much does it cost?

Full-time Home and EU: £9,000 per year
Full-time International: £9,500 per year

For information on fees and finance, please view our fees and funding section.

Fees quoted are for the next intake and are subject to change. Fee costs for subsequent years are subject to rise with inflation or course delivery costs.

For fees for international students, visit our international section.

Visit our Why Bucks? section to discover what studying at Bucks could mean for you.

How do I apply?

For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applynow.

What are my career prospects?

When you finish this degree you’ll have a variety of career prospects to explore. If you choose to pursue a career in performance, you may need to supplement this with employment in teaching, choreography or dance development. Having gained skills in entrepreneurship and enterprise, you’ll also have the skills necessary to be self-employed, or even launch your own dance related business venture.

Alternatively, you’ll be able to further your studies at postgraduate level, or train to become a dance teacher in the education sector.

How will you help me prepare for my future?
Throughout your time with us we’ll support you on the route to your chosen career. We’ll help you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become enterprising, employable and good leaders. Our modules and teaching expertise will help you become more independent as a learner and more certain of your discipline expertise.

Having studied at Bucks you’ll become part of a thriving dance network. Our skilled and experienced teaching team along with successful alumni, will be able to provide you with connections across many areas of the dance and fitness industries.

We also help you find employment after graduation. Have a look at our Careers and Employment pages to find out more.


Dedicated, experienced teachers and the rich content of the course will allow me to choose from a wide variety of career pathways. During the course we also get to meet and learn from many different dance professionals who not only teach us dance but also share their industry knowledge and experience with us.

Ramune Dauksaite

Places for this course are still available in Clearing.

Call our phone line on 0330 123 2023 or apply now

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